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Dr. Karl O'Connor


Karl O'Connor BA (UL) MA (QUB), PhD (Exeter) is a post-doctoral researcher within the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. His research interests focus on public administration, conflict management, development and Europeanisation. He is also a fervent advocate of Q Methodology. His PhD thesis: the bureaucrat, the bureaucracy and conflict management has been nominated for the Sir Walter Bagehot prize for best PhD in Government and Public Administration and is to be published by Palgrave. He has contributed articles to Irish Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and Public Administration. Karl has previously worked within the Better Regulation Executive, part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and as a research assistant within Claudio Radaelli's Centre for European Governance at the University of Exeter. His current research examines the implementation of HIV Aids policies in South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania.

Teaching Interests

Karl lectures Ideas and Concepts in Public Administration (PA4021), level one and Public Policy Process (PA4018), level three. Karl also takes the Q Methodology session at the annual UL winter methods school.